The law, passed on June 21, tells the world that Vietnam is a responsible member of the international community that respects international laws, said Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in an interview last month.
This reflects an important message about Vietnam’s commitment to peace, stability, cooperation, and development of the region and the world.
The law defines Vietnam’s waters, including the EEZ and continental shelf, in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Vietnam’s sovereignty over its islands, including Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos, which have been defined in some previous legal documents like the 2003 National Border Law, is defined clearly in this new law.
The first of its kind in Vietnam, which signed the UNCLOS in 1994, the law is an important legal basis to protect and develop sea and island economy, according to the foreign minister.